The economies of the Pacific Island region have been more severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic than any other region of the world. Projections for the next 5 years are also the bleakest for this region. Some of this is tourism-related, and economies are being adversely affected by the current global inflation crisis. East Timor is at least benefiting from the higher prices it can sell for its oil and gas. Pray for wisdom to manage economic growth in the coming years. Pray that churches will lead the way in developing microenterprises, helping local communities to become more self-sufficient and to be good stewards of the resources they do have (The Bible, Deuteronomy 8:18).
Gambia Police begin probe into deaths of children linked to India-made cough syrups.
President Adama Barrow’s office said that the foreign ministry had been asked to communicate the government’s most profound concern to the Indian embassy. Authorities have linked 66 deaths, most of them due to acute kidney failure, to four medicines – Promethazine Oral Solution, Kofexmalin Baby Cough Syrup, Makoff Baby Cough Syrup, and Magrip N Cold Syrup – manufactured by the drug maker. Authorities have called senior officials from the country’s Medicine Control Agency and the importers of the products for questioning. Pray for the families who lost their loving children and are unable to bear the loss. Pray that the government will take immediate measures to save the lives of innocent children (The Bible, Psalm 72:4).
In the blockaded and densely populated Gaza Strip, a battle for space is pitting the living against the dead as homeless squatters settle in the area’s cemeteries while authorities grapple with the growing demand for new housing. The pressure on space in the cemetery reflects the growing pressure on land in Gaza, which has faced a mounting demographic crisis for years. Its population is set to more than double within the next 30 years to 4.8 million and land is already running out. The growing population needs 14,000 new housing units a year, according to Deputy Housing Minister Naji Sarhan. Pray for the growing population in Gaza Stripe will find places to live. Pray the Gazans cry out to God and call on the name of the Lord for survival and
relief from crisis (The Bible, Job 11:13).
Following a series of terror attacks, Israel’s policing army launched Operation Breaking the Wave, in the course of which it raided Palestinian cities to arrest and kill terror suspects. According to UN reports, from the operation’s inception 74 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank. Like the current pattern, the army’s first response was offensive: raids in areas where the attacks originated. But the commander of the Judea and Samaria Regional Brigade, declared it a failure so palpable, that they decided to halt this offensive action within a few days. The army realized that its methods are unsuited to deal with unorganized attacks, deduced that Palestinian casualties from the clashes are the main fuel for their continued intensification. Pray that Palestinians abstain from violent activities and break ties with terrorist groups. Pray for the people to be thankful to God for new relationship with Him and find peace(The Bible, 1 John 1:1).